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Tech's highest-paid CEOs, biggest raises and smallest salaries

Ann Bednarz | Nov. 18, 2011
Before the new year rolls in, we're recapping the tech industry's top earners, biggest CEO bonuses, fattest raises, priciest perks and smallest salary earners, calculated from our analysis of 36 tech companies' 2011 proxy statements.

$1 salary club

The late Steve Jobs received only a $1 salary during the last several years he spent at Apple, declining all other bonuses, perks and new stock awards. Likewise, Google's Larry Page and Sergey Brin have been taking $1 salaries for years and routinely decline any new stock awards as part of their compensation packages. Another tech CEO near the bottom of the pay scale is Michael Dell. His 2010 pay package included a $950,000 salary and $13,623 in perks (no equity awards or bonuses). Similarly, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took home a $1.4 million pay package, which included a $670,000 salary and $670,000 cash bonus (no new equity awards). Most recently, Oracle's Ellison agreed to decrease his annual salary from $1 million to $1 last year -- though he still nets tens of millions in equity grants.


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